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Rimmen is a city in Anequina in northeastern Elsweyr, and is considered part of its rim territories. The dominant architectural feature of the city is its ivory-colored stone which has been used to make domed buildings along with canals and plazas.:184 Rimmen was one of the original sixteen kingdoms of Elsweyr, known for their expert and diverse trading.
In the First Era, mercantile caravans were known to gather at the site of modern-day Rimmen. This area formed part of the Kingdom of Anequina during the reign of Darloc Brae in the late 5th century of the First Era. During the Interregnum of the Second Era, the warlord Attrebus, a pretender to the Imperial Throne, expelled the remaining Akaviri of the Second Empire from Cyrodiil into Elsweyr, where they were given asylum and became known as the "Rim Men" or "Rimmen". Over this period, the Akaviri constructed a shrine in the city known as the Tonenaka, which is said to hold ten thousand statues.:164
In 2E 576, Euraxia Tharn of House Tharn became Queen of Rimmen in an event known as the Frostfall Coup. By 2E 582, as the Three Banners War and Planemeld caused upheaval across Tamriel, the city had become the home of the Jovial Lambasters, who were known to worship Clavicus Vile.
Sometime later, when remnants of the Kamal army that had instigated the Second Akaviri Invasion of 2E 572 resurfaced and usurped Attrebus' successors, the Akaviri of Rimmen joined the Kamal in an ill-fated bid to restore the Second Empire. The Khajiit took advantage of the chaos to unsuccessfully attempt to reclaim the rim territories. Rimmen seceded from Elsweyr in 2E 812 and formed the Kingdom of Rimmen.
After the ascension of Tiber Septim as Emperor of Cyrodiil in 2E 854, Rimmen agreed to renew tribute to the Mane of Elsweyr in return for protection. However, the city had been annexed by the Cyrodilic Empire by 2E 896, when the gigantic brass golem Numidium was reassembled and activated there by Tiber Septim. Ya'Tirrje, the Gold-Cat, ran a prosperous drug smuggling operation in the city in the late Third Era. During the Imperial Simulacrum, the city was ruled by King Ommed and rivaled Alabaster. It was neighbored by several settlements, including Meir Lynmount to the west, and Valley Guard to the south.
After the Oblivion Crisis in 3E 433, Rimmen once more declared itself an independent kingdom. By 4E 40, it was ruled by a potentate,:179 and its guards were known as "regulators".:186 Rimmen was known to have a plentiful supply of Moon Sugar, but its distribution was tightly controlled by the potentate's administration and sale was forbidden to Khajiit clans who refused to work in the city.:179, 186
- Arena was originally conceived as a fighting game featuring a tournament that took the player to each of Tamriel's cities to challenge different gladiatorial teams. According to a file from that stage of development left behind in the final game, Rimmen's gladiatorial team would have been called "the Crushers".[UOL 1]
- Rimmen lends its name to an alcoholic beverage known as Rimmen Sour Bock.
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: The Elsweyr Confederacy — Imperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
- The Infernal City — Gregory Keyes
- The Sixteen Kingdoms
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: Sugar and Blood: the Cats of the South — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Rislav The Righteous — Sinjin
- Loading screens in ESO.
- House Tharn of Nibenay — Count Opius Voteporix
- Persistence of Daedric Veneration — Lady Cinnabar of Taneth
- Where Were You ... Dragon Broke — Various
- Rimmen location and rumors in Arena
- Map of Elsweyr — The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- Rimmen Sour Bock beverage in ESO
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.